49 Days of Pasta

Seven weeks with the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

Day 9 – All Four Soups! Plus a rant…

Today I decided to take a break from pasta and try all four of the Olive Garden’s soups. Marty the bartender has been my pasta pass guru throughout this process, and when I asked, she told me this was definitely possible with the pass. I really appreciate how supportive she’s been throughout this whole experiment since it’s a lot of work for her, so as far as I’m concerned, we’re in this together.

First up – Chicken & Gnocchi

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The chicken & gnocchi soup was much better than I expected – a little on the salty side, but really good broth with a good amount of chicken and dumplings. This is now my second favorite soup at the OG. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 8 – Spaghetti with Marinara and Shrimp Fritta

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Holy mother of Italy, look at the size of those shrimp! Whoever’s back in the kitchen working the deep fryer knows what they’re doing. Not only are they battering these jumbo tiger prawns perfectly, but they’re keeping that oil sizzling hot for a crisp, deep-fried experience nonpareil. It’s making me seriously crave some of the other deep-fried appetizers on their menu. Every time I sit at the bar for lunch, I see a few people ordering either the fried calamari or the sampler italiano (your choice of three deep-fried delicacies). Also, I doubt I’ll make it through the 49 days without ordering the lasagna fritta at least once. Yep, that’s right, deep fried lasagna. Some of you may be scoffing, but anyone who’s spent some time in St. Louis can tell you about the joys of deep-fried ravioli. Read the rest of this entry »

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